Wednesday, February 10, 2010

An Update on the YA

I'm not going to be one of those writers who posts every time he gets rejected, but since a lot of you read my YA manuscript and since I made my initial submission public, I thought you should know that I received word today from the agent to whom I sent it.

He passed.

He had reasons and stuff.

So here's the bad news: I have to write an actual query letter now.

And here's some good news: Agent Kristin Nelson is on the prowl.

11 comments:

Heather Kelly said...

Okay--I just back read your blog to find out how I missed how you subbed your ms without a query letter. I couldn't find what I missed. Explain?

And--that's a bummer about the pass.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Long story short:

A person who reads this blog read a query letter for an earlier novel I wrote. He forwarded it on to an agent friend of his. Agent friend said he'd take a look at the manuscript (it was MG). I revised for him twice, but he ultimately passed on it. In passing, he said he'd look at anything else I had. Months later, I sent him the YA.

So now I have the play the game for real.

Kelly said...

Elana Johnson has some recent blog entries on query letters plus Jill Corcoran has a great link to a bunch of helpful links.
Good luck to you, and definitely submit to Agent Kristen! Maybe she'll even have a Hottest Men Who Query Us contest.

Paul Greci said...

Good luck with the querying!! I hope you find an agent who loves your writing!

Anita said...

1. I don't think he was the right agent for that book.
2. I'm happy to take a look at your query letter.
3. My query letter is no good. Let me know if you'd like to see it.

Tracy Edward Wymer said...

Patience.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

I'm sorry to hear it. I'm sure it is disappointing. But you have a great book.

Corey Schwartz said...

Very interesting link. I wonder if she is write about more women in critique groups. That has certainly been my personal experience.

Bryan B. said...

Good luck, man! That's a long haul...

Laura Pauling said...

Good luck writing a query. There are lots of wonderful resources out there, especially the agent blogs. :)

Bethany Wiggins said...

Ugh, the dreaded query. Good luck and keep your chin up! The best is yet to come.